Our Story

Darryn and Loree Scheske moved to indianapolis, Indiana with a dream of planting a church with a simple goal to reach people who didn't know Christ--To love them well, to lead them into a transforming relationship with Jesus, and launch them out to change their world. 

The dream began with 17 people in the Scheske's living room on February 4, 2001. On Easter Sunday, over 40 people attended an 12 people were baptized. To accommodate the growing number of people, the original launch team multiplied into new small groups, and met together on Sunday evenings at the former Fishers Holiday Inn. Four weeks after 9/11, on October 14, 2001, Heartland Church held it's grand opening and first Sunday morning services in a former computer store at the corner of I-69 and 96th Street. 

From the beginning, Heartland Church focused on reaching people in the community by meeting people's needs with love and building relationships through small groups. The life-giving message of the Gospel, the passion and authenticity of Sunday services, and the simple style of the church brought immediate growth. In its first year, the church grew to 300 people in weekly attendance and 88 people were water baptized.

By Easter 2005, the church doubled to over 600 people attending weekly. That fall, Heartland Church launched its first church plant in downtown Indianapolis, and nearly 15% of Heartland Church income went to local outreach, church planting nationally, and international missions. By 2008, the church launched three other churches and gave nearly a quarter of its income to missions. In 2010, Heartland opened its second location at Hamilton Southeastern High School. 

Today thousands of people attend the weekend services and Heartland Groups in multiple locations in greater Indianapolis. Over 2,300 people have been baptized in water and nine new churches have been launched out of Heartland Church.

We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple.